King, William


Sculpture for Leonia was gifted with these 2 sculptures made by renowned artist William King, who lived in East Hampton, NY, for 33 years, and died in 2015. He is known for depicting a sense of humor through his minimalist sculptures. His work has been acquired by many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in NYC.

Grounds for Sculpture was his fabricator for large commissioned pieces and aluminum was his favorite metal. These pieces are made of painted aluminum and are thought to be from the 1970’s.They were generously donated by Michael Rips and Sheila Berger.

William King was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1925, and grew up in Coconut Grove, Miami. After attending the University of Florida between 1942 and 1944, he came to New York in 1945, enrolling that year at Cooper Union and graduating in 1948. The following year he went to Rome on a Fullbright scholarship. He also spent time in Athens, Greece, and in 1952, at the Central School in London. Beginning in 1953 he taught for three years at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and later he taught at UC Berkeley, and elsewhere. He served as the President of the National Academy of Design, 1994-1998. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters,

King’s earliest one-person shows were with the Alan Gallery, New York, beginning in 1954, and he continued to show in New York through 2014. The majority of his New York exhibitions were with the Terry Dintenfass Gallery, 1962-1997. He received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, the San Francisco Arts Commission Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sculpture, and Honorary Doctorates from the San Francisco Art Institute, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C.William King lived with his wife, the painter Connie Fox, in East Hampton, New York, for 33 years; he died in 2015, one week after his 90th birthday.